The days of asking your lawyer for a printout of their iPad app are long gone. But you might be surprised to learn that there isn’t even an iLawyer app available in Canada. As one Canadian law firm asked, is this really possible? How can we expect our legal team to keep up with the latest technologies when they have little or no access to the devices themselves?
There’s a reason why most lawyers don’t have fully functional iPads: tablets and smart phones aren’t exactly top-of-the-line items in 2016. In fact, nearly three quarters (72 percent) of Canadians admit they own smartphones from Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co Ltd., HTC Corp. or BlackBerry Ltd.; however, only half (54 percent) claim to use them every day. What does this mean for lawyers who rely on these devices as part of their daily workflow? For starters, it means that many firms must restrict certain functionality until all staff members have been issued with iPads and iPhones – which could take some time given the current waitlist at some big name firms such as Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.”